Jesus said, plainly, that in the last days, people would be ignorant and unprepared. How can this be true? Is it because there is no information available? Or, is it because people choose not to know?
As to the first question, information IS available. As to the second: “Bingo!” People prefer ignorance to knowledge. Knowledge can be disturbing, especially if we feel incapable of handling it and unprepared to act on it.
There are prophecy teachers in our world–Hal Lindsey, Jack VanImpe, and Irvin Baxter to name a few. Each of these men has a television program intended to keep people abreast of what’s happening in our world as it relates to Bible prophecy.
I occasionally visit church services other than where I am a resident member. This isn’t intended to be an indictment of the ministers in these churches, but I don’t recall hearing a prophetic message. Is it because the Lord doesn’t want these people to speak on Bible prophecy? Or, could it be that speaking on Bible prophecy requires too much study? Or, perhaps it’s because Bible prophecy is too uncertain? Still, another reason might be that Christians feel that knowledge of endtime prophecy is simply unnecessary. After all, the prevailing idea seems to be that the Lord will not allow anything to happen to His children. People misapply Paul’s words in 1 Thes. 5:1-9.
Back to our first statement: Jesus said, plainly, in the last days people would be ignorant and unprepared. His statement was intended to show His disapproval! It was to show the failure of His people. He said, “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” (Matthew 24:43) He was speaking about His return, and the fact some of His people would not be ready for it. Notice: HIS PEOPLE!
Jesus also made reference to Noah and the flood to add impetus to His warning (Mt. 24:37-39). The people of Noah’s day weren’t ready for the flood, even though Noah had preached for 120 years and warned the people as they saw him building the ark.
There is certain evidence in the Bible that shows we are living in the very closing moments of this present dispensation. “The Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants….” (Amos 3:7) Chaos is coming! Men’s hearts will fail them for fear, and for looking after the things that are coming on the earth. (Lk. 21:26)
Is there a way of escape? Most assuredly! But, it isn’t passive! It will require prior knowledge and preparation. The five wise virgins were ready! The five foolish weren’t! And, as I see what’s happening in our churches, I’m convinced that the average Christian isn’t ready for what’s ahead. Our Churches have settled into the condition Paul warned about in 2 Timothy, Chapters 3 & 4. They have denied the power of godliness, the one thing the five wise virgins had embraced and the five foolish hadn’t. (Mt. 25)
Church doctrine, in many instances, has become a study in “hand-me-downs.” People know what their parents believed but are ignorant of what the Bible says. They have turned their ears away from the truth. They have chosen preachers who will tickle their ears, telling them what they want to hear. Paul foretold each of these conditions.
As we watch things in the Middle East heating up, we wonder, “How long before Syria attacks Israel and Damascus becomes a heap of rubble?” (Isa. 17:1) When that happens, the following few months will be filled with great moves of God. Sadly, those who wait to see it won’t get ready in time to attend the wedding! (Mt. 12:39; 25:1-10)
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